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Leaders say Cope India 'great success'

11/18/2005 - KALAIKUNDA AIR STATION, India (AFPN) -- Exercise Cope India ‘06 ends Nov. 20, but U.S. and Indian air force leaders have already said the training has been a resounding success. The exercise, which began Nov. 7, involves Indian Airmen and about 250 U.S. Airmen from Pacific Air Forces bases. “Such exercises not only help in promoting mutual understanding and learning from each others’ experience, but also enhance interoperability and help refine joint operational procedures,” said Air Marshal F. H. Major, air officer commanding-in-chief of the Indian Air Force’s Eastern Air Command. The exercise marked the first time F-16 Fighting Falcons have flown against Indian fighters -- including their newest Su-30MKI variant -- in dissimilar air combat training. E-Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft also participated. At times, Indian and American fighters mixed it up in the air. “We’ve learned firsthand about the capabilities of their aircraft and the skil

Disinformation: 22 Media Myths that Undermine the War on Terror

Date: November 1, 2005 Time: 1:00 p.m. Speaker(s): Richard Miniter Click to Listen Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium In Disinformation, veteran investigative reporter and bestselling author Richard Miniter debunks the myths of the left (and the right) with hard evidence, high-level interviews and on-the-ground reporting in more than a dozen countries. If truth is the first casualty of war, urban legends are the first product of America’s War on Terror. In his new book, Miniter punctures twenty-two myths about terrorism, al Qaeda, and the war in Iraq. He has sifted the written record, met with countless high-level sources, and traveled the globe, from Sudan to the Philippines, Egypt to Iraq, to track down and refute some of the most widely believed – and often pernicious – legends of the War on Terror. Miniter provides evidence to shoot down disinformation and refute those who mindlessly repeat it. Richard Miniter is the author of the New York Times b

Secrets of 1999 F-117 Shootdown Revealed

by Zord Gabor Laszlo Nov. 9, 2005 With his early retirement last year from the former Yugoslav (now Serbia and Montenegro) military, one of the most successful surface-to-air-missile (SAM) battery comanders of recent times can finally tell his story on how he and his men shot down two US Air Force (USAF) tactical aircraft – an F-117 and an F-16 – during Operation Allied Force in 1999. Minor modifications to existing obsolete air-defense missile systems, survivability through mobility, and radio-frequency (RF) discipline led to those kills, he said. The 3rd battery of the Yugoslav 250th Missile Brigade was responsible for the air defense of the Beograd area, together with other batteries of the same brigade. The 3rd battery employed the S-125 (SA-3) SAM system to shoot down a US Air Force F-117 and F-16. Photo by Zord Gabor Laszlo Although the name of Col. Dani Zoltan emerged earlier in some interviews with local media since 1999, it wasn't until October of this year tha

Indian Air Force Plans Fleet-Wide Overhaul

Source: eDefense.com by Pulkit Singh Nov. 16, 2005 Concerned about delays to its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) program and the procurement of other aircraft, the Indian Air Force has decided to upgrade a large number of the aging aircraft in its fleet. The Indian Air Force is embarking on a massive overhaul of its fleet of combat aircraft, including its Jaguars (background) and some MiG-21 fighters (foreground). A conservative estimate puts the total cost of upgrading some 300 of the service's existing aircraft at more than $3.5 billion over the next five to seven years. Indian Air Force The upgrades to these aircraft, along with purchases of additional aircraft, will be conducted as soon as possible in order to maintain the combat worthiness of the force through 2012, an Indian Air Force official said. In addition to the upgrades, the Indian Air Force has also decided to acquire six Il-78 air-to-air refueling aircraft and other medium-category transports, such as C-1

Soldier Pilots : UAVs in the US Army's New Modular Combat Brigade

Soldier Pilots UAVs in the US Army's New Modular Combat Brigade by Dodge Billingsley Nov. 11, 2005 When the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Air Assault Division deployed to Iraq in late October 2005, it contained more unmanned-aerial-vehicle (UAV) assets than any combat brigade in US Army history. Among the many warfighting tools at his disposal, brigade commander Colonel Michael Steele has both the Shadow and Raven UAV platforms to give him a bird's-eye view of the battlefield with near-real-time imagery. His brigade is not unique, but the 101st is the first division with Shadow platoons in all four brigades and Ravens in every company. A Shadow UAV prepares to launch. The US Army's Shadow platoon falls under the recently renamed Special Troops Battalion (STB), part of the newly transformed modular 3rd Brigade of the 101st Air Assault Division. Photo by Dodge Billingsley Shadow 200 designates the entire tactical UAV system, including four RQ-7A unmanned aircraft an

Re-Orientation of Kashmiri Extremism

The Re-Orientation of Kashmiri Extremism: A Threat to Regional and International Security By Peter Chalk, Christine Fair Since the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the activities of foreign jihadists in Pakistan have been a major source of concern for both Washington and Islamabad. However, an equally if not more serious problem that has emerged over the last four years has been the progressive reorientation of Kashmiri Islamist tanzeems (organizations) toward an increasingly explicit anti-Musharraf agenda. These developments not only directly threaten the stability of a key U.S. ally in South Asia, but also appear to raise serious concerns about wider regional and even global security. Catalysts for Kashmiri Reorientation Historically, jihadist tanzeems operating in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) have fallen into two categories: (a) those that are comprised of primarily Kashmiri cadres, for example Al Badr and Hizbol Mujahadeen (HM); and (b) those that ar

Slander against RSS removed from Tamilnadu School Text-Book.

x A Heartening Precedence Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Chennai It is a case of a history text-book making history of sorts. Tamilnadu state government did what no authority has done so far in free Bharat. Its education secretary has ordered removal of an offending reference to RSS obviously bowing to representations from Sangh. In lesson 19 in the 12th Standard History text book (published by the Directorate of School Education, Tamilnadu) under the heading 'India After Independence', it was mentioned that 'The most important event after Independence was the murder of Gandhi by a Hindu fanatic and a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Nathuram Vinayak Godse'. The R.S.S held protest demonstrations throughout Tamilnadu demanding the removal of the blatant falsehood that Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse was a member of that organisation. Petitions were sent to various authorities including the Prime Minister. A team comprising of Sri. U. Sundar, the Prant Pracharak o

Dhimmitude- from Paris to Paharganj

Tarun Vijay Vijay Times Bangalore, Monday 14th November, 2005 Quite understandable that poverty, unemployment and alienation create fertile grounds for any kind of revolt and breeds criminal tendencies much more than an affluent society comfortably living in posh areas. But wrong to believe more you provide financial help and opportunities to climb up the social ladder, lesser would be the chances of being assaulted. Nine eleven was not done by unemployed and alienated people and neither the mercenaries killing Indians from Doda to Delhi are people who claim to be victims of isolation and denial of windows to join unhindered mainstream of development. In fact they are overfed and over pampered by the Indian state, to the extent that money got diverted to Kashmir keeping other under developed states stand half fed in the queue before planning commission to get enough funds for infrastructural build up. All this was done in the name of secularism, to help integrate brother Kashmiri

MISPLACED PRIORITIES : Sonia , Congress and Iraq Oil Stains

Novemebr 17, 2005 MISPLACED PRIORITIES In politics, national interest must take precedence over abstract moral principle N.S. Rajaram I am disturbed by the focus of the column below, its substitution of personal bias for national interest, and ultimately futile attempt to discredit Paul Volcker under the thesis of Saddam Hussein as a humanist trying to save Iraqi lives, when in fact he has killed more Iraqis than the anyone else. And more Iranians to boot during the eight-year Iran-Iraq War. Volcker and his report are far from discredited. It is his moral authority that has forced Manmohan Singh (who knows Paul Volcker from their U.N. days) to take such drastic steps. Natwar Singh's removal owes more to concerns over what he may have to say about Congress and Sonia involvement in the Iraqi oil slick than national interest-- much less humanitarian concerns. The issue is corruption and compromising India's foreign policy. Note that Natwar singh's only

Sonia Gandhi , Manmohan patrons of terrorists: Dr Swamy

11/15/2005 3:19:42 AM NEW DELHI: Janata Party President Dr Subramainan Swamy has charged that UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were the defacto patrons of the expanding terrorist activites in India. In a statement released to the press on Tuesday morning, Dr Swamy blamed the Manmohan Singh government for the audacity of the CPI (Maoist) to siege Jehanabad district in Bihar on Sunday night. The Maoists on Sunday night had struck at the Jehanabad Jail and butchered nine undertrails belonging to the Ranvir Sena . They also freed more than 300 Maoist prisoners from the jail. Dr Swamy said the siege of Jehanabad by CPI (Maoist) militants was one more indication that the UPA government's soft approach to terrorism was threatening India's national integrity. Dr Swamy charged the UPA government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for compromising the national security since day one. "The UPA government from day one has been legitimizing all a

Cope India 06 : US-India Joint exercise

SAUL AIR STATION, India -- Senior director Capt. Michael Thomas (lower center), lead weapons director Tech. Sgt. Steven Harshman (lower left) and Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Rajesh monitor and direct aircraft from their "E-3 Sentry" during Cope India 06. Watching the war games are (back left) Lt. Col. Peter Bastien, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron detachment commander, Indian air force wing Commander Singh (back center) and Master Sgt. Belinda Magilligan (back right), a weapons director. This is the third Cope India exercise since 2002. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Martin Jackson) NOTE : Cope India 2005 had 10 dissimilar combat exercises , in which India scored 9 out 10 . If this time too India takes a lead , then we can ask for state of the art F-22's rather than F-16 , hope you know US is planning to sell them with co production in India . U.S., Indian controllers on scope 11/14/2005 - SALUA AIR STATION, India (AFPN) -- Looking at the radar, the

Chinese National Security: Decisionmaking Under Stress

Edited by: Dr. Andrew Scobell, Dr. Larry M. Wortzel Publication Date: October 2005 Type: Book Length: 253 pages ISBN: 1-5-8487-206-3 Free Download: File Size & Time: 942KB, 4 Minutes+ on dial-up This volume represents the fruits of a conference held at the U.S. Army War College in September 2005 on the theme of "Chinese Crisis Management." One of the major debates that emerged among participants was whether all the case studies under examination constituted crises in the eyes of China’s leaders. The consensus was that not all of those incidents were perceived as crises. As a result the rubric of "decision making under stress" was adopted as presenters revised their papers for publication. DOWNLOAD COMPLETE MONOGRAM

Pak Hindu girls forced to convert to Islam

web.mid-day.com/ By: Hasan Mansoor November 13, 2005 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When a Hindu girl is converted to Islam, hundreds of extremists belonging to religious parties such as Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI), take to the streets and chant religious slogans Karachi: An alarming trend — that of Muslims kidnapping Pakistani Hindu girls and forcing them to convert to Islam — in Pakistan’s Sindh province is forcing the worried resident Hindu community to marry off their daughters as soon as they are of marriageable age or to migrate to India, Canada or other nations. Recently, at least 19 such abduction cases have occurred in Karachi alone, while several others have been reported in the media. Sanao Menghwar, a Hindu resident of Karachi’s Punjab Colony, is a traumatised man; all three of his daughters —Aishwarya, Reena and Reema — have been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. In the police com

Terror groups train PoK orphans for militancy in J&K: Report

Children orphaned by the earthquake in PoK , handed over to Pak-based terror outfits by the sympathetic government officials, were being recruited for carrying out militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir. 'The Sunday Times' said that Pakistan-based militant groups active in Jammu and Kashmir were getting hold of orphans and putting them in training camps. The daily quoted Pakistan's leading human rights organisation, the 'Ansar Burney Welfare Trust', that held that it had evidence that sympathetic government officials were passing children on to the 'jihadis' to be looked after. The paper noted that the popularity of the Islamic militants has risen sharply since the earthquake struck on 8th October, as they were among the first to arrive with aid at some of the worst affected villages. However, according to human rights campaigners they are using their new popularity to smuggle weapons and recruit the young and vulnerable. Fahad Burney, of t

FIFTH COLUM LEFT DECLARES WAR ON AMRITA UNIVERSITY

THE FIFTH COLUM LEFT DECLARES WAR ON AMRITA UNIVERSITY The Marxist Party controlled Students Federation of India has filed a law suit against Amrita University demanding investigation and to withdraw DeemedUniversity status awarded by government of India. Amrita University was established at a time we are faced with sweeping changes in education, lifestyle, crumbling value systems and excessive consumerism in our society. Amma has established schools, colleges, and professional institutions based an educational system encompassing values of truth, love, righteousness, conduct, peace and spirituality. With these core elements for a holistic education, Amrita University has imparted excellent education and Samskaras, which provides a balanced and harmonious growth of the human mind, thoughts, behavior and attitudes. Amrita University is acclaimed as one of the best institutions for higher education and several foreign universities have collaborated with Amrita Universit

Israel spy satellite on Isro vehicle

PTI AND OUR BUREAU New Delhi, Nov. 12: Israel has decided to launch its next spy satellite aboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rather than on its own indigenous Shavit rocket, according to a report in , the Washington-based weekly on global space business. The report quoting Israeli officials in Tel Aviv said Israel’s defence ministry and the state-owned satellite producer, Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), are finalising with Indian officials contractual agreements for the planned October 2006 launch of TECSAR, Israel’s first synthetic aperture radar imaging satellite. “On the government-to-government level, a pre-existing bilateral accord on strategic co-operation (between India and Israel) already covers most aspects of the mission,” the report said. The estimated 260-kg TECSAR is slated as the exclusive payload on the PSLV, which will be launched from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, the report said. Since 19